AP Mitra and GS Siddhu Memorial Tournament will be held at CLRI, Chennai on 24-26 April, 2019





















































Sports are a universal form of recreation.  They are also one of the great expressions of the aspirations of man to excel.  Besides, sports help in building and maintaining a healthy mind in a healthy body.  Perhaps, it was due to these very reasons that organization of sports and creation of recreational environment became an integral part of the personnel policy of CSIR.

Initiatives taken in the formative years by some of the CSIR laboratories, especially those in remote places like, Pilani, Bhavnagar, Karaikudi, Dhanbad, Jorhat, etc., to form staff clubs are laudable.  These labs set up their staff clubs, as soon as they were established.  However, organization of sports activities at the agency level in CSIR started later in 1953 with the initiative of the CSIR Headquarters when it hosted a tournament for the staff of Delhi based laboratories.  This ‘limited sports activity’ continued for three year.

This CSIR sports tournament was elevated to an all India level for participation by all CSIR laboratories after the sudden demise of our founder Director General, Dr. S.S. Bhatnagar in 1955.  It was named in his memory as the Sir Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament.  In the first few years, it was organized biannually with competition in games of Cricket, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Chess, Carrom and Bridge.  The CSIR Headquarters Staff Club used to organize the tournament in CSIR laboratories over a period of 7 to 8 days, every alternate year.  The Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament held at NPL in 1956 could be termed as the first All India CSIR tournament.  These tournaments continued be held regularly till 1980, with a little pause during China war in 1965.

Meanwhile, CSIR considered providing greater impetus to sports within the system.  An official platform was accordingly provided by forming a CSIR Sports Control Board on the lines of those in Railways, P & T etc.  Formalization of a CSIR Sports Control Board took place in March, 1980 with its registration as a Society under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.  In view of the objectives/ role of Sports Control Board, its nomenclature was changed to Sports Promotion Board (SPB).

The organization of SSBMTs used to have a participation of around 1000 players and officials.  It was realized that many small labs with limited infrastructure were not able to host the event.  It was, therefore, resolved to segregate the event for smaller number of participants.  All the 40 plus staff clubs were clubbed in to four zones with participation of around 200 participants at each venue.  After some experiments involving various permutations and combinations over a period of time the tournament came in to being to its present form i.e. it is organized every year, alternately for indoor and outdoor games.  The new format provides greater incentive to the best eight players/teams every year as they get an opportunity to play twice (at 2 venues; for zonals and for finals) during the same year.

The SPB, in addition to the above, organizes specialized tournament, such as, Nayuydamma Memorial Cricket Tournament every year.  Other tournaments like Atma Ram Memorial Volleyball Tournament, Thacker Memorial Tennis Tournament, Hussain Zaheer Bridge Tournament and Anusandhan Trophy for Basket Ball are organized every alternate year.

SPB has organized, in between, Athletic Meet and Mountaineering & Tracking.  For certain reasons, these activities have not been undertaken for sometime now.  SPB also organized coaching camps for its all India CSIR teams in the past.  These are now proposed to be resumed. 

SPB’s  perception  about the type of sports, the standard of games and the scope for improvement is provided below.  It is well recognized that in an organization like CSIR, there is a limited scope for competitive sports.  It is difficult for a scientist and/or other staff in the CSIR system to be competitive in sports at national/international level and also be competitive in their individual pursuits of science, administration, accounts or whatever.  Competitive sports of serious nature is very demanding and difficult to be pursued in the absence of matching facilities.  Therefore, sports in CSIR have come to be of ‘club sports type’ where individuals play and participate more for their physical and mental fitness.  Besides, it provides them with opportunities to meet and know their colleagues for socio-cultural interaction in other laboratories in different parts of the country. 


Open Category
1st Prize
2nd Prize
3rd Prize
Rs 2000/- (1st Prize only)
Rs 5000/-
Rs 3000/-
Rs 7000/-
Rs 6000/-
Rs 5000/-
Rs 10000/- (Participation Level)
School Category
Rs 1000/- (1st Prize only)
Rs 3000/-
Rs 2000/-
Rs 4000/-
Rs 3000/-
Rs 2000/-




Dr. S.S. Bhatnagar

Dr. Atma Ram

Dr. Hussain Zaheer

Dr. G.S. Siddhu

Dr. A.P. Mitra




Dr Y. Nayudamma



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